One of my benchmark athletes to beat was Theo Blignaut. A Super athlete who in the last 20 months I have not manage to beat once.
I needed to do well against him to go into the December training block with confidence and assurance that I have improved overall as an athlete.
I ran into Transition in 6th overall place realizing I would have to cycle as hard as I could to make it for a podium position.
I only had three problems to deal with:
Brand du Plessis an athlete who is so much faster than the rest of us in this format of racing currently.
Renier Grobler one of the best Marathon runners and Duathlete’s in the country.
William Mokgopo who recently won the MTB 94.7 cycle challenge.
On the bike leg I manage to slowly reel in Renier and William but Brand on the other had opened up another 2 – 3 min onto me.
The cycle leg is a bit of challenge as the route is mostly jeep track and fast pace open roads. Meaning that in group you can technically go much faster for longer than on your own. My only problem was that I was caught in no man’s land and had to work really hard with high amounts of concentration to reel in William and Renier.
I was more than happy when I ended the 30 km mtb leg going into T2 in 4th overall position. I was by then trailing Renier by 15 seconds and William less than 1 min.
I ran out of T2 (Transition 2) focused and determined to finish on the podium not realizing that the 2nd turn of the run leg I missed whilst I kept on running straight. This mistake cost me dearly and I ended up in a confused 4th overall. (I need to stress that I never completed the 2nd run leg and I most probably ran less than 2.5 km in total. I basically got lost and ran straight to the finish to complain about the poor marking and marshalling on the day. Never expecting that the organizer would just hand me 4th place overall. Their reasoning was that I was so far from 5th place overall that I should have at least finished 4th…..Honestly I should have been disqualified. See picture below and tell me which way, left or right split?????????)